For the purposes of this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings indicated:
- A direct or indirect pecuniary or material benefit accruing to a Town employee as the result of a contract with the Town. For the purposes of this chapter, a Town employee shall be deemed to have an interest in the contract of:
- A. His or her spouse, minor children and dependents, except a contract of employment with the Town of Wheatfield.
- B. A firm, partnership or association of which such Town employee is a member or employee.
- C. A corporation of which such Town employee is an officer, director or employee.
- D. A corporation, any stock of which is owned or controlled directly or indirectly by such Town employee.
- Any board, commission, district, council or other agency, department or unit of the government of the Town of Wheatfield.
- TOWN EMPLOYEE
- Any officer or employee of the Town of Wheatfield, whether paid or unpaid, whether serving in a full-time, part-time or advisory capacity.
No Town employee shall have any interest, financial or otherwise, direct or indirect, or engage in any business or transaction or professional activity or incur any obligation of any nature which is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of his or her duties in the public interest.
No Town employee shall accept other employment which will impair his or her independence of judgment in the exercise of his or her official duties.
No Town employee shall accept employment or engage in any business or professional activity which will require him or her to disclose confidential information which he or she has gained by reason of his or her official position or authority.
No Town employee shall use or attempt to use his or her official position to secure unwarranted privileges or exemptions for himself or herself or others.
No Town employee shall engage in any transaction as a representative or agent of the Town with any business entity in which he or she has a direct or indirect financial interest that might reasonably tend to conflict with the proper discharge of his or her official duties.
A Town employee shall not by his or her conduct give reasonable basis for the impression that any person can improperly influence him or her or unduly enjoy his or her favor in the performance of his or her official duties or that he or she is affected by the kinship, rank, position or influence of any party or person.
Each Town employee shall abstain from making personal investments in enterprises which he or she has reason to believe may be directly involved in decisions to be made by him or her or which will otherwise create substantial conflict between his or her duty in the public interest and his or her private interest.
Each Town employee shall endeavor to pursue a course of conduct which will not raise suspicion among the public that he or she is likely to be engaged in acts that are in violation of his or her trust.
No Town employee employed on a full-time basis nor any firm or association of which such employee is a member nor corporation, a substantial portion of the stock of which is owned or controlled directly or indirectly by such employee, shall sell goods or services to any person, firm, corporation or association which is licensed or whose rates are fixed by the Town in which such employee serves or is employed.
Each Town employee shall, to the extent that he or she is cognizant thereof, disclose any interest he or she may have in legislation before the Town Board.
No Town employee, within one year after the termination of his or her service or employment with the Town, shall accept employment which will involve contacts with the Town which can work to his or her special advantage by virtue of his or her prior contact and relationship with the Town.
No Town employee shall directly or indirectly solicit any gift having a value of $75 or more, whether in the form of money, service, loan, travel, entertainment, hospitality, thing or promise or in any other form, under circumstances in which it could reasonably be inferred that the gift was intended to influence the employee or could reasonably be expected to influence him or her in the performance of his or her official duties or was intended as a reward for any official action on the part of the employee.
Any such Town employee who shall knowingly and intentionally violate any of the provisions of this chapter may be subject to penalties in the manner provided by law.